[Exherbo-dev] [RFC] Rethinking fetchers

Ciaran McCreesh ciaran.mccreesh at googlemail.com
Wed Mar 14 18:26:49 UTC 2012

On Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:13:19 +0000 (UTC)
Alex Elsayed <eternaleye at gmail.com> wrote:
> You missed the part about Metalink files in my suggestion. They
> basically name a list of mirrors (of arbitrary protocols, though
> HTTP(S) and FTP are the most commonly used), designate chunks the
> file can be split into, give checksums (which may be stronger than
> SHA1, such as SHA512) for both the individual chunks and the whole
> file, allow downloading those chunks in parallel from the individual
> mirrors, and it can even include (as part of the Metalink file) a
> PGP/GPG signature for the file. Check out RFC 5854 for the spec, it's
> pretty damn sweet.

...but does anyone use it, and does it really make a measurable
performance difference for a substantial number of users?

Ciaran McCreesh
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